Images of Notre-Dame


Jean Fouquet, 1410

notre dame oldes

Noel Ballemare, 1525

Notre Dame is still on my mind. Here are some images from its past. Clearly, it’s fascinated artists through the ages.


Charles Negre, 1853 ( a negative)


Paul Signac, 1910

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Matisse, 1902



Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday 462 : 23 March 2019

Odd poses? Let’s see what I can dig up with that.


Billy Sunday. Library of Congress, 1917

It looks like Billy Sunday, the professional baseball player turned preacher, is doing yoga in a suit in his home.


Ruth St. Denis, NY Public Library, 1923

Of course, a dancer like Ruth St. Denis would strike some dramatic poses like this one for her Burmese dance.


Police dog, State Library of NSW, n.d.

I wonder whom he’s calling? Did they just have phones on poles like this scattered across the region?


State Library of Queensland, circa 1905

My query for “pose” yielded this. Everyone’s so cooperative looking straight into the camera. I’m struck by the kids’ shoes. No velcro there. Also, the boy’s outfit sure shows the era.

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The Wind that Shakes the Barley

A compelling drama that looks at modern Irish history, I started The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which was on a special Irish display at my library. While the film has great production values and acting, I had to stop watching because it was too violent for me. In the first half hour there was more blood, shooting and torture that I wanted to see.

Irish history with its British oppression is often tragic and violent. The Wind that Shakes the Barley shows a bloody chapter of this history, i.e. the Irish War of Independence (1919-1922) and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). The acting and storytelling were good in the first 30 minutes, but I decided to turn off the film because I just didn’t want to watch more violence. There were three violent scenes to that point and it was too much for me. I believe we should know World History, but I’m sensitive to violence and think for me it’s better to learn about Irish history through reading or less graphic films or documentaries.

If you can stomach blood and shooting, which was part of this and other wars, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which won the 2006 Palm d’Or at Cannes is probably a wonderful film.

Victoria & Her Nine Children


The documentary Victoria & Her Nine Children paints a detailed portrait of Queen Viictoria’s grief and how it impacted her children. I can’t imagine the BBC/Masterpiece series showing this stage of her life.


Here’s a few things I learned:

  • After Albert died, the Queen asked for her youngest child Beatrice to be brought to her. She made the girls dress in Albert’s clothing and sleep with her.
  • Victoria thought babies were like frogs.
  • Albert scolded Victoria that she should find a way to appreciate motherhood and not always be cross with her children.
  • Victoria regarded Bertie, her eldest son as her biggest problem. She blamed Bertie for Albert’s death. Albert was severely displeased when he learned that Bertie had slept with a jolly actress. She connects his passion leading to his father’s death.
  • After marrying off three of her children, Victoria continues to mourn three years after Albert’s death. Laughter and delight are not permitted. The queen continues to wear black and all the palace’s curtains are black.
  • Victoria’s least favorite child is Leopold who can do nothing right. She saw him as awkward and clumsy and she didn’t notice that that Leopold was actually suffering from hemophilia.
  • When chloroform was first used as a painkiller during childbirth, Victoria was delighted to use it. Her physicians saw this as wrong as the Bible states that women will feel pain in childbirth (Gen. 3:16). Of course, these men so problem with using chloroform when they need surgery.
  • Victoria told people that Louise was stupid and constantly criticized her. Louise went from being the petted youngest daughter, but when Beatrice was born she fell from this position. Her teen years were spent in mourning. None of the usual coming-of-age rituals were allowed.
  • The queen spied on her children and even after marrying controlled who they socialized with.

These poor children’s lives were lived under a dark cloud of mourning controlled by a powerful mother who’s psychologically damaged by grief. A mother with a venomous tongue who could shame and hurt her children.

You can learn more by watching on the PBS website.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs


Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find photos of pairs.


at the British Museum


Eyeglasses are like little windows, China


Pair of Indonesian boys, Pekanbaru

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Monochromatic

October 2015 Beijing 098

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find monochromatic photos.


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